The characters in Against the Wall were such a delight to read, the author made them all feel in a way realistic and heartbreakingly amazing. Eric Hernandez, a convicted felon, knows he screwed up and is ready to pay for his actions. Then there is Meghan Young, his love, and April, his ex sister-in-law. Both of which support him and try to tell him that his actions were understandable, it was self defence.
Since chapter one, this novel has been heartbreakingly amazing to read. Reading the struggles that Eric goes through to lead a normal life had me truly feeling for this character. I wanted him to find that sense of normality, even if it wasn't the "norm" for myself.
Meghan was another character I found myself feeling for. She suffered a lot in her life. It seemed as if she was trying to fill, well rebelling, the role of the daughter, sister, and girlfriend that everyone wanted her to be. Dealing with an abusive boyfriend (who's name made me laugh, thanks to Eric's comment) and overbearing family, plus the fact that she loves a man who not only rejected her but also just recently got out of prison can truly be hard for anyone, especially Meghan.
The novel was dual-POV however there was basically no difference between Eric's and Meghan's voices because they weren't that distinctive. Another negative would have to be that there seemed to be more telling that talking.
Other than those mentioned above, this novel was a delightful read. Plus the Spanish elements throughout the novel made Against the Wall richer and that much more of an amazing read.
Summary from Goodreads:
Eric Hernandez is the bad boy of every schoolgirl’s fantasies—and every mother’s nightmares. But after serving time for manslaughter, he’s ready to turn his life around. He just needs a chance to prove himself as a professional tattoo artist. The one thing that keeps him going is the memory of the innocent beauty he loved and left behind.
Meghan Young’s world isn’t as perfect as it looks. The preacher’s daughter is living a lie, especially now that Eric is back. Tougher, harder, and sexier than ever, he might be the only person she can trust. But there’s no telling what he’ll do to protect her if he learns the truth, and that’s a risk Meghan won’t let him take. And yet, back in the arms of the troubled boy with the artist’s soul, Meghan can’t help surrendering to the man he’s become.
February 2nd 2016
About The Author:
Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen novels, including the Aftershock series with HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her husband and daughters.
ARC was kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.